I love cooking and baking for the holidays. While our holiday meal main courses tend to remain pretty much the same I like to play around with appetizers and desserts.
A while back I started making these goat cheese & fig bites appetizer recipe and we love it.
It’s incredibly easy to make (always a requirement) and since it’s made with goat’s milk Emma can enjoy it as well.
We recently discovered that people who have trouble digesting cow’s milk sometimes do not have the same problem with goat’s milk (happy dance!), which means I’ll be making a lot more recipes that use goat’s milk.
Is Goat Cheese Lactose Free?
The short answer is no. Goat cheese still carries lactose, but because everyone react differently some people find that goat cheese is much easier to digest. Em who can’t handle product made with cow’s milk can enjoy goat cheese and feta
I’m not sure what the science is behind it, but it might be worth a try if you find that cow cheese causes you to have issues.
Can I Use Vegan Cheese in this Recipe?
I would say yes! If vegan cheese is your style then I say give it a try. This goat cheese & fig bite recipe is pretty simple so it can be changed a hundred different ways to suit your lifestyle and/or diet requirements.
Can I Use Gluten-Free crackers?
YES! Please. This is such a simple and delicious recipe that I want everyone to try it. Simply use gluten-free crackers and enjoy this appetizer.
Goat Cheese & Fig Bites Ingredients
- Goat Cheese – If you can find a local goat cheese source that is the way to go!
- Figs – If you can only find dried figs you can use those or rehydrate them to use in this recipe.
- Bacon – My preference is always thick-cut cooked crisp but you do you and use your favorite.
- Honey – Now that we have beehives we’ll be using our own honey. Stop by your local farmers market to find a honey vendor. I highly recommend not buying honey in the store as most are processed sugar 🙁
- Crackers – Whatever crackers you love will work. I’ve made this using Pita Bites, Triscuits, Ritz, Saltines, etc. Really the cracker is just a vessel to get the goat cheese, bacon and fig mixture to your mouth.
Find some pretty figs. Now, if you are looking for figs in February you might not have much luck.
Fig season is generally the first few weeks in June and then from around August through October.
Last year I wasn’t able to find any figs in my local markets. That is the downside of living in northern Michigan.
Goat Cheese & Fig Bites Directions
Start by cooking the bacon until it is crispy and then chop into small pieces.
Dice the figs, keeping a couple to slice for toppings.
In a medium-sized bowl, mix together the goat cheese, diced figs, and chopped bacon.
Top your cracker or crostini with about 1 tsp of cheese mixture.
Arrange on an oven-safe plate and drizzle with honey.
Heat in a 325 degree F. oven for 5 minutes.
Just long enough to warm up the cheese. You can also serve at room temperature.
After removing from oven, place a thin sliver of fig on the top of each cracker.
Goat Cheese & Fig Bites Recipe
8 oz goat cheese, room temperature
4 figs, diced
3 slices of bacon, cooked crisp and diced
Crackers or Crostini
Gently combine goat cheese, figs, and bacon.
Top a cracker or crostini with 1 tsp on cheese mixture
Arrange crackers/crostini on oven safe dish; drizzle with honey
Bake at 325 degrees F for approximately 5 minutes.
Remove from oven and top each cracker with a sliver of fig.
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